Each Sunday we post online worship resources when Tier 3 restrictions only allow 50 people to attend church. However the church this week is completely closed for worship. So we provide these to stay in touch and stay safe. They are accessible after our live Zoom worship for those unable to access via this platform.
The links to the hymns can be accessed by clicking on “Click here” beside the hymn title. These take you to Youtube and we have no control over the adverts you see.
The prayers are taken from the Church of Scotland Weekly Worship.
There is a bonus track at the end of the worship to enjoy.
“’Let light shine out of darkness’..”
Approach to God/Call to worship
who spoke light into primordial darkness,
who ‘speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting’,
we gather to You,
Your faithful yet fragile ones.
With ‘the light of the knowledge of God in the face of Jesus Christ’:
Give us eyes to see and ears to hear.
Acknowledging that You dwell
beyond our comprehension,
worshipped by the universe itself,
we thank You for emptying Yourself of glory
in the person of Jesus Christ,
and through Him illuminating our path back to You.
We name Your blessings to us… [silent or aloud]
Recalling that You first loved us:
Give us grateful hearts to receive Your blessings.
The First Hymn:
Love Divine Click here
Prayer of Reflective confession
Let us pray.
that the light of the gospel,
Your divine image in Christ and His people,
is veiled to us when
we pursue the empty promises of
Our daily preoccupations obscure
the sacred bonds You created between us
the church, the one household of God;
while our projects of self-advancement cause injury
to the body of Christ.
The sickly glow of
distract us from the life giving
Sun of righteousness
who gave up His status
to make us children and heirs of God.
We know that we fall short of this calling every day
and name in our hearts those ways in which we have sinned
in thought, word, deed and in what we have failed to do…
Confident in the righteousness of our Lord and Redeemer Jesus Christ
Lift up our heads in the life-giving knowledge of Your forgiveness.
And so we pray the prayer Jesus called us to pray.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
The Reflection: Click Here
Prayer of Thanksgiving
It is good, Lord God,
for us to live with thankful hearts.
But now we voice our thanks,
together as Your praising people.
We sit pew-bound,
but our hands and hearts are lifted in reverence and awe,
our throats are pulsing with Your praise,
our eyes are wide open to the wonder of who You are.
Thank You, God,
for giving us what we need to live in this world –
food, shelter, conversation,
family, friendship, warmth, purpose.
Thank You for giving us a gospel worth sharing with others.
Thank You for the hope of a life which is not snuffed out by death.
Thank You for the sciences with which we explore the universe,
and for the arts which help us to appreciate its wonder.
Thank you, God,
for the challenging times,
when we have had to struggle through alone,
when we have had to keep listening for Your voice a long time,
when we have had to come to terms with who we really are.
Thank You for all who have helped us along life’s journey,
not least those lost to our earthly sight,
who share the splendour and joy of heaven.
Thank You God,
for the gift of Jesus,
the gift of the Spirit,
the gift of faith.
The Second Hymn: Here I am Lord Click here
Prayers of Intercession
Let us pray.
Our Gracious God,
Recalling Your goodness to Your people through the ages
We turn to You in our need.
Knocking on Your door,
again and again,
as if to tire You of our knocking
as our Lord commanded,
we name the burning desires of our own hearts… [silent or aloud]
Our Lord promised,
‘if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask,
it will be done for you by my Father in heaven’.
And yet, You have drawn to our attention the great lack endured by so many around the
the victims of oppression and injustice, in…
Holy one, who wants to be addressed as our loving parent,
We acknowledge our kinship ties with the church across the world.
We unite our wills with Your people in…
We ask that…
May Your Kingdom come here in… as well as in…
We unite our wills with Your servants in the Middle East,
such as Embrace the Middle East’s Christian partners,
those who have inherited the oldest church communities in the world,
and ask that Your abundant life would be known by them,
and through them, by all Your children.
Until You satisfy us in Your fullness, God,
enlighten us with the knowledge of Christ that shines in our hearts,
and strengthen Your people to take up their crosses on dark roads.
Owning Your promises, we ask that You would fill Your people’s outstretched hands:
That our hands may be turned to Your holy work.
May the light of Your glory
illuminate our path this day and every day,
showing us the truth of Your presence
amid the lies of the unjust kingdoms of this world.
Turning to the tasks You have prepared for us,
And the people You have set us among:
Make our feet sure and fleet, the bearers of good news.
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